Early Law School Admission Program

The Early Law School Admission Program at RMU provides high-performing students who desire to go to law school the opportunity to complete three years of undergraduate work at Robert Morris University followed by three years of law school. Earning their law degree one year earlier than in the traditional sequence of four years of college and three years of law school means students can save one year of tuition costs and get a jump on the job market.

Participating law schools are Penn State University, Duquesne University, Drexel University, and the University of Akron. The program is available to students in the following majors:

  • Accounting, Business, Finance, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Management, Marketing, Sport Management
  • English Studies, Theatre, Writing
  • Criminal Justice, History, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, Sociology
Additional Program Details

What is the advantage of early law school admission?  

The Early Law School Admission Program (ELSAP) saves a whole year of studies.  A student can get their bachelor's and JD degrees in six years instead of seven, because the first year of law school counts towards the undergraduate degree.

Am I guaranteed to get into law school?

No.  There is no guarantee of law school admission.  Students are accepted into ELSAP only as candidates.  There are requirements to remain in the program and for admission to the law school, including a high enough score on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).  

If I am admitted as a candidate, can I select any participating law school?

Different participating law schools have different criteria.

For Penn State Law at University Park, students must fulfill the program requirements, have a cumulative GPA in the top 10–15% of their RMU class, and receive a score on the Law School Admission Test in the top 30%.

For Duquesne University School of Law, students must fulfill the program requirements and receive a score on the LSAT in the top 40%. 

For Drexel University's Thomas R. Kline School of Law, students must have an SAT of 1100 or higher (both sections at least 500) or an ACT of 23 or higher, and a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher. They must also earn a LSAT score at least equal to the median LSAT for Drexel's class in the year the student was admitted to RMU. 

For the University of Akron School of Law, students must fulfill the program requirements, score at least a 150 on the LSAT, have a grade point average of at least 3.4 by the midpoint of their junior year at RMU, and satisfy the character and fitness standards required of all students admitted to Akron Law.

Is there an extra fee to apply? 

There is no additional fee to apply to ELSAP.

When can I join the program?

Students interested in the program should notify their admissions counselor.  Their first semester at RMU they should meet with the program coordinator.  In their second semester students who meet the criteria may apply to become a candidate in the program.

Is it difficult to remain in the program?  

Candidates in the program must take the required curriculum and maintain a 3.4 GPA or higher.  There are also other requirements; click here to view them.  In order to be admitted to Law School, candidates must score high enough on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).  

How well do I have to do on the LSAT?

Candidates in ELSAP are not automatically accepted to Law School, but must receive high enough LSAT scores.  RMU students receive help in preparing for the LSAT, taking part in the Pre-Law Society and the Pre-Law Advisory Program, and receiving advisement from the Pre-Law Coordinator, Prof. Louis Swartz. 

What if I do not get a high enough LSAT score?

Candidates in the program who are not accepted finish out their final year at Robert Morris in their degree program, and can apply for law school during or after their completion of their final year.  

If I take the LSAT multiple times, do the law schools average my scores?

No. All the participating schools take the highest score on the LSAT.  

For the fourth year, am I an RMU student or a law school student?  

For the fourth year of the program (their first year in law school), students enroll in law school.  They are categorized as undergraduate students, even though they are law students.  They also remain active students as far as RMU is concerned,  retaining their RMU email and library privileges.  

My fourth year, do I pay RMU tuition or law school tuition?

For their fourth year of study (their first year in law school) students will pay regular law school standard graduate tuition and fees.  This is the case even though they are categorized as undergraduate students.  

Can I live on the RMU campus my fourth year?

For the fourth year of the program (their first year in law school), students may either live off-campus or on the RMU campus.  

Do my grades in law school affect my RMU grade point average?

No.  Law school courses are transfer credits, which do not affect GPA.  

Am I eligible for financial aid?

Their first year in law school, students in this program are eligible for undergraduate student aid.  Students will be able to borrow their undergraduate loans, and receive other aid they are entitled to as an undergraduate student if they qualify (PHEAA, PELL etc.).  For the first year in law school, students will file their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and list their law school as their school.  After year one, the student can then receive graduate financial aid and anything else that they may qualify for as a law student.  

What if I drop out of the first year of law school?

Students who do not finish their first year of law school may return for their final year at Robert Morris to finish in their degree program.  Any credits earned in law school will count towards their degree.  Their RMU scholarship may be awarded back for them to complete up to two more semesters at RMU.  Students who are out of RMU for more than one year would not receive their freshman merit scholarship any longer.  

When do I get my bachelor's degree?

Students get their undergraduate degree four years after they matriculate at RMU.  They walk with their class at commencement, with a year of law school already completed.  

Can I transfer to another law school?

This is possible but not at all typical, and not advisable.